Members of the Consortium

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is an international humanitarian agency which promotes integral human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies.

CRS’ agency strategy investment is in Child Health and Wellbeing, benefiting children under the age of 18 by prioritizing interventions in early childhood development (ECD) and social service systems strengthening. Our ECD goal is for all young girls and boys to be protected and valued by family and community in an environment that enables them to thrive and grow. CRS promotes a holistic approach to child well-being-with a goal of not only saving lives, but also optimizing children’s physical-motor, social-emotional, and cognitive-language, and moral-spiritual development.

Dr. Selamawit Tadesse
Catholic Relief Services
Senior Technical Advisor, Early Childhood Development and Education

“Unconditional love and care guided with playful and positive experiences are precious moments in children’s flourishment physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Adults should always make time for love and affection suitable from birth and onwards.”

Dr. Selamawit Tadesse

Prior to CRS, Selamawit worked on various capacities to support the well-being of children and families globally mainly focused in urban and rural Africa. Currently, she supports CRS’ global family and community-based early childhood programs for vulnerable children, families, and communities. Key technical support includes early childhood project design, implementation, quality assessment and evaluation; reviewing and developing early childhood curriculum and tools; training and coaching stakeholders on ECD; collaborating with groups from faith-based/non-faith-based and academic institutions in early childhood research, information dissemination, conferences, and advocacy.

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